NBA Trade Tracker: Live Updates on 2015 Deadline Day
The NBA trade deadline has hit, but a flurry of trades went through just prior.
Reggie Jackson, Goran Dragic, and Enes Kanter are among the players who ended up getting traded.
Check out the latest rumors and news below.
Three-Team Trade Has MCW Moving
The Sixers have dealt last year’s Rookie of the Year to the Bucks. Philly has sent Michael Carter Williams to the Bucks, who have sent Brandon Knight to the Suns.
Philly has also acquired multiple first-round picks in the deal, which is still being clarified. One of the picks has been pegged as the Lakers first-round pick that was part of the Steve Nash deal, and that is top-five protected this season.
Isaiah Thomas to Boston
The Celtics have completed another trade, landing Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix.
Thomas was rumored to be part of the three-team deal directly detailed above but was soon clarified as going to Boston.
The Celtics will send Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick via Cleveland to Phoenix, a league source told Yahoo.
Three Team Deal Sends Jackson to Detroit
The Pistons have acquired Reggie Jackson from the Thunder in a stunning deal.
The Utah Jazz, also involved in the deal, will get Kendrick Perkins and his expiring contract.
Royce Young of ESPN reported that Perkins will soon have his contract bought out. Several teams will have interest in Perkins, including the Clippers–where Doc Rivers coaches–and the Cavaliers.
The deal also has the Thunder getting D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler from the Pistons and Enes Kanter and sharpshooter Steve Novak from the Jazz, reported David Aldridge of TNT.
Goran Dragic to Miami
Guard Goran Dragic has been traded to the Miami Heat.
The Suns will get, among other assets, two first-round picks.
Pistons Acquire Prince
Tayshaun Prince will return to Detroit in a deal completed just before the trading deadline.
Marc Stein of ESPN says it was completed just before the deadline, and that the Celtics will acquire Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome.
Prince had been a buyout candidate if he stayed with Boston, which is in the middle of a youth movement.
Pelicans Acquire Cole
The Pelicans have completed a last-minute trade and acquired Norris Cole.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN said that the Pelicans have indeed acquired Cole.
Ken Berger of CBS says that the Pelicans swapped John Salmons for Cole.
Prigioni Dealt to Rockets, Who Also Acquire McDaniels
The Houston Rockets have acquired Pablo Prigioni from the New York Knicks and K.J. McDaniels from the 76ers, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
Philly gets Isaiah Canaan and a second-round pick in return.
The Knicks get two second-round picks in return and Alexey Schved in return.
Kevin Garnett Agrees to Trade, Will Return to Minnesota Timberwolves
Veteran Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Garnett, 38, was drafted by the Timberwolves in 1995 and played there through 2007 before he was traded to the Celtics, where he won a championship.
Boston dealt Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in 2013.
Pistons, Pacers Also Pursuing Jackson
Reggie Jackson is a hot commodity, and several teams have shown willingness to make him their starting point guard.
Now the Pistons are in hot pursuit of him, a source told Yahoo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Brooklyn is still waiting on OKC to finalize the Lopez-Jackson deal, but OKC is hunting elsewhere with under 30 minutes to go until the deadline.
The Nets and Pacers are among the other teams trying to acquire Jackson, who requested a trade from OKC. Jackson spent time with Pacers’ star Paul George over the All-Star weekend in New York City.
Thunder Could Get Kanter Instead of Lopez
Oklahoma City hasn’t committed to the Brook Lopez-Reggie Jackson deal, and instead may acquire Enes Kanter.
The Utah Jazz big man has requested that the team trade him since Rudy Gobert has been earning more minutes.
Yahoo reported that OKC is considering Kanter over Lopez as the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline nears. The Thunder are “pushing hard to get Enes,” a source added to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. “Nevertheless, there’s still strong belief that OKC will complete the deal with Nets. Decision looming soon,” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo said.
Miami in Lead for Dragic
Contrary to reports that the Suns are refusing to trade Dragic (see directly below), the team is still listening to offers and the Heat are currently in the lead.
The Heat are reportedly offering two first-round picks, in addition to Norris Cole, Chris Andersen, and Josh McRoberts.
“Suns, I’m told, still engaging with other teams on Goran Dragic deal … but Miami’s offer has Heat in the lead,” reported Marc Stein of ESPN.
Suns Refusing to Trade Dragic?
The Phoenix Suns may be refusing to deal Dragic. Team owner Rob Sarver is angry at Dragic’s demands and is refusing to accommodate the request, league executives told Chris Broussard of ESPN.
“Thus far, Sarver sticking to his guns to keep Dragic but Pheonix still doing due diligence and speaking with teams besides Knicks, Heat, LAL,” he said about one-and-a-half hours before the deadline.
The teams that the Suns are supposedly not talking to are notably the ones that Dragic wants to go to the most. Miami has reportedly made the best offer so far–two first-round picks.
Wolves Trying to Dump Budinger
The Timberwolves are still trying to finalize a deal that would unload Chase Budinger and his salary.
The forward isn’t part of Minnesota’s youth movement and the Wolves are discussing a deal with the 76ers, sources told Yahoo.
The Sixers would get draft picks while buying Budinger out.
Clippers, Warriors, Hawks Likely Standing Pat
The L.A. Clippers would like to make moves for several bench players but likely won’t since they lack assets to trade for their targets.
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported around two hours prior to the deadline: “Indications are Clippers won’t make a move before today’s deadline, though that could change with the right phone call.”
Local reporters also noted that the Warriors, Grizzlies, and Hawks are likely not going to make any moves. They currently have the three best records in the league.
OKC Could Pursue Cole
If the Thunder-Nets, Brook Lopez-Reggie Jackson trade goes through, then Oklahoma City will be looking for a backup point guard.
A potential target is Miami’s Norris Cole, who has been targeted by several other teams over the past week or so, reported Yahoo, citing league sources. Cole has struggled this season but is a solid backup who played key minutes during the Heat’s title runs.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo also said that the Lopez-Jackson deal could be expanded to include Kevin Garnett to Minnesota, as reported previously. That part of the deal would have Thaddeus Young going to Brooklyn. But a new part of the deal would have the Nets send Jarrett Jack to Washington. The return on that part is unclear.
Another possible destination for Jack, who the Nets will work hard on moving if they do acquire Jackson, is the Pistons, sources told Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Pistons are “aggressively pursuing guard help,” noted Chris Mannix of SI. Jack and Cole among them.
The hold up on the deal is Garnett, reported Wojnarowski. He’s still deciding whether or not to waive his no-trade clause. But Mannix says that Garnett’s decision “won’t derail Nets deal with OKC.”
“Right now, Brooklyn ready to sign off. Ball is in OKC’s court,” he added.
Kings Considering Other Deals
The Sacramento Kings are considering other deals after dealing Ramon Sessions.
Sacramento is considering dealing Nik Stauskas, their rookie who has fallen short of expectations this season, and power forward Jason Thompson, a source told Marc Spears of Yahoo.
Sacramento is gearing up for the rest of the season with new head coach George Karl, who is likely trying to acquire more players that will fit his strategy.
Westbrook Comments on Possible Jackson Trade
Thunder star Russell Westbrook was asked about the rumored Reggie Jackson trade at practice just hours before the trade deadline.
“You have to determine that if somebody doesn’t want to be here then you can’t make him be here,” he said, reported Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman.
“We have a chance of winning a championship and if Reggie is not here we still have a chance of winning a championship.”
Heat Offer Two Picks for Dragic, Knicks Trying Too
One deal that could go down later is two first-round picks and a player or two from Miami to Phoenix for Goran Dragic.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported the potential deal. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald says the first-round picks are most likely in 2017 and 2019, since the 2015 first-round pick will likely go to Philadelphia from a prior deal. The Heat are also reportedly offering Norris Cole, Josh McRoberts, and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
Another potential deal for Dragic comes from the Knicks–Jose Calderon and Tim Hardaway Jr. and at least one draft pick, reported Sam Amick of USA Today.
Sessions for Miller Deal Goes Down
The Sacramento Kings have dealt backup guard Ramon Sessions to the Washington Wizards for Andre Miller, one of the oldest active players in the league, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
Washington has been looking for more speed on their second unit, particularly in the backcourt.
Sacramento had also been open to dealing Sessions because he hasn’t been very productive this season.
Philly Takes on McGee
The 76ers are taking on JaVale McGee from the Nuggets. McGee has barely played the last two seasons due to injury after he signed a four-year, $44 million contract.
Yahoo and USA Today reported the deal, among others. Denver will also send a first-round pick to the Sixers, while getting a sizable trade exception and rights to one of the foreign players that the Sixers have stashed, reported Chris Mannix of SI. That player was later pegged as Chu Chu Maduabum.
Bob Cooney of the Daily News says that it’s “probable” that the Sixers are going to waive McGee.